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VF2017 Master of Ceremonies (Morning):  Brittany Whitmore, Principal and Founder, Exvera Communications

Brittany Whitmore (@BritWhitmore) is a public relations professional and the founder of Exvera Communications where she specializes in PR for innovative and emerging technologies. She is also the founder and executive director of TEDxGastownWomen and a seasoned emcee and speaker. Brittany was named to BC Business Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 in 2017.

VF2017 Master of Ceremonies (Afternoon):  Shane Gibson, Author and Professional Speaker

Shane Gibson is an international speaker, and author on social media marketing, social selling and sales performance who has addressed over 100,000 people on stages in North America, Southern Africa, India, Dubai, Malaysia and South America. Shane Gibson is #5 on the list of the Top 30 Social Sales People in the World.  His speaking and training clients include organizations such as The Ford Motor Company, CPA Canada, The US Department of Commerce, Corning Cable, BMO Financial, and dozens of other organization on 5 continents.  Shane’s books include Sociable! – How Social Media is Turning Sales and Marketing Upside Down. Closing Bigger – the Field Guide to Closing Bigger Deals and Guerrilla Social Media Marketing, co-authored with Jay Conrad Levinson.

Opening Keynote:  Brady Fletcher, Managing Director, TSX Venture Exchange

Brady Fletcher joined TMX Group in October 2016 and is the Managing Director of the TSX Venture Exchange. He is responsible for optimizing the client experience for all issuers and investors, and developing and implementing a multi-faceted strategy to drive sustainable long-term growth in a key element of the world’s most successful capital formation continuum. Based in Vancouver, Mr. Fletcher has spent his career in Canada’s venture market, with specialized experience working with growth stage issuers to develop financing, M&A and business development strategies. Mr. Fletcher was also Founder & CEO of Blackbook Technologies Inc., a start-up technology firm.

Opening Keynote:  Eric Maino, Principal Software Engineering Lead, Microsoft

Eric Maino has been testing and developing software for over 15 years. Eric is currently working as an Principal Software Engineer Lead inside of the Commercial Software Engineering organization and has lately been focusing his time on Blockchain.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Eric spent time as a consultant as focusing on open source Linux development to helping architect enterprise solutions with .NET in its’ infancy.  Eric joined Microsoft in 2005 originally working on the C# IDE team and has since also spent time in Windows, Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System, primarily focusing on developer productivity. Eric has a passion for architecting and building reusable, reliable and scalable software that is fun to read, develop and use.


Opening Keynote:  Esther Kim, Global Blockchain Markets & Engagements Financial Services Sector Executive & SecureKey Alliance Mgr., IBM Industry Platforms

Ms. Kim is currently the Global Financial Services Sector Executive responsible for consulting financial institutions globally on digital transformation leveraging emerging technologies. She is responsible for prioritizing key financial services solutions and contributing towards the go to market plans for IBM Blockchain. Additionally, she is responsible for the IBM and SecureKey partnership alliance to launch the first commercial blockchain trust identity solution led by the Canadian banking community. IBM’s Industry Platforms organization is led by Bridget van Kralingen, SVP.


Closing Keynote:  Jouko Ahvenainen, Founder and Executive Chairman, Grow VC Group

Jouko Ahvenainen is a serial-entrepreneur, e.g. co-founder of Grow VC Group, a pioneer in new funding solutions, including equity p2p investments. He participated in changing US finance regulation, getting the Senate and President to allow crowdfunding and has worked with EU finance regulation. Jouko is a founder, partner and board member in several innovative digital finance companies. Jouko is also an advisor for US, European and Asian investing and finance programs.  Jouko has worked in teams to close several VC deals (from 150k USD to 15M USD).  Before his serial entrepreneur career Jouko held senior positions at technology firms including Cap Gemini, Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc. and Nokia. Jouko has vast experience of international business in Asia, Europe, and North America; he has lived and worked in the UK, the US, Finland, Malaysia and run business in Hong Kong.


VanFUNDING 2017 Brings Over 50+ Leading Blockchain, Fintech & Capital Innovation Experts to Vancouver NOV 28 @Morris Wosk Centre

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BCSC sponsors British Columbia’s first Regtech Hackathon

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Immerse Yourself in Blockchain, Fintech & Funding Innovation

Education, Workshops, Investors, Partnerships & Growth

VanFUNDING 2017 (#VF2017) is a Blockchain-fintech innovation conference + 1 day Regtech Hackathon that helps educate stakeholders on emerging fintech, P2P, crowd and alternative finance trends, opportunities and regulations while helping companies raise capital and connect with investors, prospective partners and markets.

For Investors

Discover new investment strategies, startups/SMEs and new opportunities.  Meet emerging fintech crowdfunding companies in a unique Pitch + Meet format.

For Startups and SMEs

Network and pitch your venture to prospective customers, investors and the wider capital raising ecosystem at large to help propel your company to the next milestone.

For Fintech Leaders

Celebrate the transformation of digital finance with fintech peers and share how you are unbundling and enhancing financial services, mint your brand while fostering global opportunities.

For Collaborators and Hackers

Does your team like to hack tough challenges with leading vision, technology, design, business process and focused grit?  Compete in a 1 day premiere Sandbox Hackathon co-hosted by the BCSC and win CASH and prizes!

For Professionals

Lawyer, accountant, marketing specialist or tech guru?  Get access to emerging early stage companies, deal flow and partners through new financial instruments to generate revenue and leads for your practice.

For Enterprise

Want to connect with leading capital markets innovators, consultants and experienced providers to develop an internal ‘sandbox’ program to test the waters or rapidly develop a global solution?

For Policy Makers

Discuss and learn how emerging digital technologies will impact the future of financial transactions and services globally and what it means for existing regulatory cultures and policies.

For Innovators

Join 300+ investors, entrepreneurs, hackers, and industry experts to learn, network and be inspired by leading-edge content and the power of co-creation, innovation, tech and the crowd!

@Morris Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver, Canada

Why VanFUNDING 2017

Immersive Experience

Full day of curated educational programming, networking and partnership opportunities. All the hot button topics required to successfully navigate markets, vendors and online financing transactions for companies, investors and industry.

Workshops & Hackathon

Attend focused workshops into topical areas of interest or even join our inaugural Hackathon to solve the most pressing problems holding back the next wave of financial innovation.

Meet & Pitch Investors

Pitch your business concept or growth venture to investors, crowd and prospective partners. Connect with early stage funding sources and expert advisors to accelerate your company’s access to capital and funding strategy.

Tap Expanding Networks

Connect with an expanding national and global capital networks of peers, prospects, partners, mentors and more. Learn from entrepreneurial pitches, and directly connect to industry and domain experts.

Thanks to Our Amazing VanFUNDING 2017 Sponsors and Presenting Partners

#VF2017 would not be possible without their participation and we thank all partners dearly for their contributions and continued support!



Platinum Partner:   Closing Cocktail Reception & Hackathon (Nov 28)

Platinum Partner:  VIP Networking Reception (Nov 27)

Platinum Partner:  Regtech Hackathon

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Platinum Partner:  Regtech Hackathon

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Great volunteer opportunities for outgoing and energetic team players!


A limited number of media passes will be granted to qualifying media organizations.

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